McGlone, Degrandis

ALFRED – Two suspects who were apprehended in Montana in May in connection with the armed robbery of a Limerick convenience store have been indicted by a York County grand jury.

The grand jury last week handed up Class A felony robbery indictments against Connor McGlone, 22, of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and Puamae’ole “Pua” Degrandis, 20, of Cape Elizabeth.

The hold-up took place at about 9:20 a.m. on May 13 when a man walked into Village Variety at 32 Main St., took a cold drink to the counter and then allegedly drew a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. He was given an undisclosed sum and ran away. No one was hurt in the robbery.

Four days later, York County Sheriff William L. King Jr. said a number of leads led investigators to identify McGlone and Degrandis as possible suspects — including information that Degrandis had left her Cape Elizabeth home and allegedly taken her grandmother’s car without permission, and a warrant was issued for their arrest.

The two, in Degrandis’ grandmother’s car, were taken into custody without incident by the Montana Highway Patrol Interdiction Team following a traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Missoula on May 21.

They were later returned to Maine.

Degrandis was released on $1,000 bail and entered into a contract with Maine Pre-trial Services on June 28. Such contracts typically require a defendant to abide by a number of conditions.

McGlone remains in custody at York County Jail, held in lieu of $54,500 bail, according to a corrections officer.

Limerick Village Variety owner Monique Holcomb, in an interview following the robbery, said this was the first incident of its kind in the 10 years she has owned the business.

The convenience store is a popular spot for residents to purchase coffee and breakfast sandwiches, but the morning rush had come and gone when the robbery took place, said Holcomb.

King, following the arrest of the pair in Montana, praised the diligence of all involved and took particular note of the work of Detectives Josh Morneau and Corey Sweatt, Sgt. Michael Hayes and School Resource Officer Jason Solomon along with officers from the Cape Elizabeth Police Department and Maine State Police.

According to the indictment, Degrandis is represented by attorney Jon Gale, while McGlone is represented by attorney Cameron Ellis.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt, but a finding that enough evidence exists to move forward with prosecution.

Class A felony armed robbery carries a maximum prison sentence of 30 years, upon conviction.

The pair also reportedly face robbery-related charges in Oxford County in connection with the May 9 armed hold-up of Route 160 Ice Cream in Hiram.

According to the Wakefield, New Hampshire, Police Department, McGlone turned himself into authorities there on Sept. 1, 2016, in connection with the armed robbery of an unnamed Wakefield business the previous day. Records from Carroll County, New Hampshire, Superior Court show McGlone pleaded guilty to robbery in connection with that incident on Jan. 23, 2017. He was sentenced  to serve  up to 12 months in Carroll County Jail and ordered to serve two years probation.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 780-9016 or [email protected]

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